Birth Trauma

Birth trauma is incredibly common. It’s thought that nearly a third of women who give birth are left with symptoms of a traumatic experience. Birth trauma can be mild and temporary, but it can also be severe and permanent. If you have any of these symptoms you might have birth trauma.

  • Re-experiencing – flashbacks, nightmares, repetitive and distressing images or sensations, physical sensations such as pain, sweating, nausea or trembling.
  • Constant negative thoughts about the experience, asking why you, wondering if you could have done something differently, guilt or shame.
  • Avoidance and emotional numbing – you try and push the memories away and avoid people or places that remind you of it. Of course, this is incredibly distressing if your baby is a trigger for you.
  • Hyper-arousal. You may feel incredibly on edge, anxious and find it difficult to relax. You might be constantly aware of things that might go wrong and be jumpy or easily startled.

Other signs:

  • Sleeping problems
  • Irritability
  • Angry outbursts
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Drinking too much
  • Self harm

If you have any of these, or even if you are not sure if what you have counts as birth trauma, please get in touch. If you have a very young baby I can visit you at home. It doesn’t matter how long ago your experience of giving birth was, if you still have unwanted feelings then Traumatic Incident Reduction will help you.